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Berludy nettle sting . . .Our nettles - home to all kinds of insects - which is why we keep them . . . oh yes it is . . .are now growing - the plant are very small as yet and horribly potent. I always forget how unpleasant and how long lasting a nettle sting is.

So you can forget your first daffodils and House Martins and Swallows and Cuckoos - I have had my first nettle sting of the year . . . .puffs with importance and smugness at a least having a first something . . . .sigh . . .

Posted at 23rd Apr 2008 - 02:42PM   Posted by Westerwitch   The First Comments: 19

Milla's Avatar Nope, been there, done that, at least F9 has and goodness what a fuss HE didn't make LaughingLaughing ArrowArrowArrow

Posted by: Milla on 23rd Apr 2008 at 02:52PM

Have you got the first Dock leaves too to rub on it and stop it being stingy though?

Posted by: ZoŽ on 23rd Apr 2008 at 02:54PM

Milla's Avatar I said just the same to F9. He was most rude. Am I perverse in vaguely liking nettle stings??Embarassed

Posted by: Milla on 23rd Apr 2008 at 02:57PM

Westerwitch's Avatar No berludy dock leaves - of course there isn't that would be far too convenient. Of course you are perverse Milla Laughing but I quite like nettles for all the caterpillars they are home too. Friend of mine went on a course to educate people about nettles and their importance and place in our wild countryside.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 23rd Apr 2008 at 03:13PM

Milla's Avatar plus they tend to mean good soil, too. I leave them for the caterpillars too, and the thrill of the sting. Ooo matron.Blink

Posted by: Milla on 23rd Apr 2008 at 03:14PM

Suffolkmum's Avatar You're a masochist Milla. I made nettle soup this year - very nice.

Posted by: Suffolkmum on 23rd Apr 2008 at 03:29PM

SallysChateau's Avatar Most pleasing a young nettle soup and a very important plant to keep in the garden, I like to add a few to bouquets to give to friendsShocked

Posted by: SallysChateau on 23rd Apr 2008 at 03:33PM

ChrisH's Avatar I'm glad I'm not your enemy then, Sally!

Posted by: ChrisH on 23rd Apr 2008 at 03:49PM

Milla's Avatar Oh Sally, the more I hear, the more I like you, clearly all heart. Twisted Evil

Posted by: Milla on 23rd Apr 2008 at 03:53PM

SallysChateau's Avatar sniggers (am I ALLOWED to say that)Rolling Eyes

Posted by: SallysChateau on 23rd Apr 2008 at 04:22PM

Cait's Avatar Have you dock leaves nearby?

Aren't nettle stings meant to be good for you?Smile

Posted by: Cait on 23rd Apr 2008 at 08:04PM

I have never come across a dock leaf that works on nettle stings, so the lack of a dock leaf shouldn't be a problem!

Posted by: HimalayanBlue on 23rd Apr 2008 at 08:15PM

There's one upmanship for youLaughing

Posted by: @themill on 23rd Apr 2008 at 08:48PM

oh no, didn't mean to do one upmanship on nettle stings, just wanted to offer consolation re lack of dock leaves .... apologetically shuffles off into the naughty corner Embarassed

Posted by: HimalayanBlue on 23rd Apr 2008 at 09:01PM

LaughingActually HB, that comment was aimed at our esteemed headmistressLaughing

Posted by: @themill on 23rd Apr 2008 at 09:04PM

LaughingNow get out of the naughty corner and join me round the back of the bike sheds for a quick cider and Silk cutLaughing

Posted by: @themill on 23rd Apr 2008 at 09:05PM

Phew, thought I'd caused mortal offence! Wait for me .... I'm there for the cider and Silk Cut @themill! Mr. Green

Posted by: HimalayanBlue on 23rd Apr 2008 at 09:09PM

My teeny postage stamp garden is full of nettles. Owch, owch, owch. I love them, out of my garden but because we have so litttle ground we are trying to get rid of them as each time you weed or plant - they bite you!

I have found two uses for them. They make a most beneficial tea which purifies the blood, and the run down calpped out pony down the lane loves them so I pick them (wearing my best marigolds of course) and take them to him. It is a mystery to me, but he just munches his way through them, no reaction!

Posted by: Crucifix on 23rd Apr 2008 at 10:22PM

Camilla's Avatar Have lots of Nettles at the bottom of the garden near the wooded area, supposed to be good for Rhumatism apparantly.


Posted by: Camilla on 23rd Apr 2008 at 11:55PM

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